Sometimes it happens that a man's circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.
~ David Hilbert
Get your facts first, and then you can distort 'em as much as you please.
~ Mark Twain
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
~ Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)
There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. Because meaning transfigures all. Once what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you’re happy or unhappy. You are content – you are not alone in your Spirit – you belong.
~ Sir Laurens van der Post from Hasten Slowly, a film by Mickey Lemle
"Motivation is when you get a hold of an idea and you take it to its ultimate conclusion... Inspiration, it seems to me, is exactly the opposite. Inspiration is when an idea gets a hold of you, and you can't do anything other than follow that."